Croatia’s first-ever female President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic attended her country’s nerve-wracking quarter-final against hosts Russia in the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Saturday.Dressed in Croatian colours, Grabad-Kitarovic sat next to FIFA president Gianni Infantino in the VIP box. The Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev sat to Infantino’s left.Throughout the course of the match, Grabar-Kitarovic cheered on for her team – she clapped and screamed every time Croatia scored.When Russia scored the first goal of the match through Denis Cheryshev’s wonder strike, she congratulated Medvedev but the table soon turned as just eight minutes later, Andrej Kramaric equalised and Grabar-Kitarovic got into the mood of the match.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEAs the match went into extra time, the Croatian president looked on with bated breath but as soon as Domagoj Vida scored Croatia’s second goal in the 100th minute of the match, Grabar-Kitarovic jumped up in joy and even did a little victory dance.Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev (right) is not amused by the celebration by Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovi (left in red & white) #RUS #CRO #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/gn0K1FX6SdMarcus Gilmer (@marcusgilmer) July 7, 2018Eventually, Croatia won the match 4-3 on penalties and entered the semi-finals.While her wild celebrations from the VIP box was excellent fun in itself, she then went on to celebrate the victory with the players in the dressing room.Also read – FIFA World Cup 2018: Who plays who in the semi-finalsIn videos that have made their way to social media, Grabar-Kitarovic can be seen jumping and celebrating with her country’s players standing in the centre of the line.advertisementWith hands on the players’ shoulders on either side, she makes a perfect team huddle as the Croatian team sing a song to celebrate their best World Cup performance since 1998.So this how President of #Croatia #KolindaGrabarKitarovi is celebrating with players the promotion to semifinals of #WorldCup2018. Congratulations! #CRO #RUS #RUSCRO #Russia #Russia2018 #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/Xs06T08gA4SpecGhost (@SpecGhost) July 8, 2018She flew to Russia watchd the match with fans till recognized&offered a seat in the VIP area.She was unhappy, as she wasnt allowed 2 wear a team T-shirt in VIP area.President of Croatia! and Russia expected the hug really motivated players #RUSCRO pic.twitter.com/B3yyCNmgNSWilliams (@williams_snr1) July 8, 2018Croatian fans back home in the country were no different. Wild celebrations ensued and went on in the night as Croatia made their first World Cup semi-final since 1998.Also read – World Cup 2018: Modric praises Croatia’s character after dramatic victoryWith Croatia’s ‘golden generation’ on the field, there is a genuine hope among people than the country can better their third place finish of 1998.Across the country in Zagreb, Zadar, Dubronvik and Split, people sang and danced to celebrate Croatia’s victory over Russia.Croatia fans after they won the penalty shootout vs Russia! #RUSCRO #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/u9IWZzUpKlWorld Cup (@FIFAWCGoals) July 8, 2018From songs and pool dance to flairs, the victory celebration was absolutely manic.Also read – World Cup 2018: Penalty heartbreak for Russia, Croatia reach semi-finalsCroatia will next be up against England in the semi-final on Wednesday and will hope to overcome the inspired team under Harry Kane to reach their first-ever final.
Jabra’s headphones have done pretty well in India. The company has largely managed to keep the prices of its earphones, especially wireless ones, in the affordable range, which is arguably the most important market in the country. With Bluetooth headphones getting more and more impressive with its audio quality by the day and coming in cheaper than ever before, the competition is now pretty stiff in budget segment.The Jabra Elite 45e wireless in-ear headphones was launched in India a few weeks ago at a price tag of Rs 7,499. This isn’t exactly on the budget side of things, but I recon anything under Rs 10,000 for wireless headphones should be worth considering if they’re able to offer good sound quality, a good battery life and an overall appealing design. Does the Jabra Elite 45e meet these requirements? Read on to find out.Design and comfortThe Jabra Elite 45e doesn’t come with a spectacular and appealing design language. It’s a fairly sober-looking pair of earphones that borders on looking rather cheap thanks to all the plastic used. The neckband is really just a flexible memory wire that is contoured to your neck and maintains its shape no matter how much you bend and twist it. The wire is not flimsy or loose and maintains its position around your neck when you go for a run. The weight is pretty balanced as well so you won’t find the neckband jump up and down or feel at all heavy around your neck.On either ends of the band, you’ll find the earphones with a long stem that are magnetic. The magnets allow you to lock the earphones together and turns the pair off. Detaching the earphones will re-establish connection with your connected device. I found the magnets stronger than the ones on the OnePlus Bullets Wireless, which easily detach if you keep it in your pocket or a bag, often leading to automatic pairing without your knowledge.advertisement The earbuds are narrow and angled, designed to fit easily inside your ears. They also have winged tips that sit inside the ear so that the earphones do not move or fall off while you exercise. That being said, the earbuds don’t sit snuggly inside your ears and it will feel a little uncomfortable at first. I tried the various sizes offered with the box but they didn’t really help much. There’s some gap felt between the earphone and your ear which will allow for more noise to seep through.I found the magnets stronger than the ones on the OnePlus Bullets WirelessThe Elite 45e is designed to handle your intensive workouts and rough use thanks to an IP54 rating that gives it some water and dust resistance along with a warranty for 2 years. There are some in-line units as well such as a microphone on the right side and a control unit for volume and power/Bluetooth buttons that rests on your collarbone. The center button can also be used to pause and play a song, and double tapping will make a call based on whoever is on the top of your recent calls list.Performance and soundThe Elite 45e, much like other Elite headphones, has a specific purpose of delivering high-quality calls over Bluetooth. And as far as that purpose goes, these earphone deliver on that promise. The quality of sound on call is pretty clear and I did not find any drops in connectivity during my time with the earphones. The Elite 45e uses multiple microphones to achieve noise cancellation. There are two microphones that are in-line, which results in better noise cancellation compared to your traditional single-mic earphones. So a person on the other side of the call should hear your voice a lot clearer while background sounds are minimal. While listening songs, noise cancellation is decent but you will still hear some external noise creep through if you’re in a noisy environment.The Elite 45e are largely meant for calls only and I would not recommend these for audiophiles. For one thing, the soundstage provided is really quite poor with instruments and sounds being too closely packed and muffled rather than spacious and distinct. Multi-instrument Rock songs like Run by Snow Patrol will lack that distinction and clarity where you can clearly separate the drumming from the electric guitaring. The sounds are cluttered and often drowns out the drums in favour of more higher signatures. The bass is pretty low so you won’t feel a lot of boom with songs like Pray for Me by Kendrick Lamar and Instant Crush by Daft Punk. These songs sound pretty flat and unattractive.advertisementThe bass is pretty low so you won’t feel a lot of boom with songs like Pray for Me by Kendrick Lamar and Instant Crush by Daft PunkThe Elite 45e manages to sound decent with songs that are more minimalistic with the number of instruments used. For example, John Mayer’s acoustic guitaring soars high in Your Body Is a Wonderland and, although Mayer’s voice lacks a certain clarity. Similarly, a largely acoustic song like Green Eyes by Coldplay will sound good until halfway into it and then things get muffled once again when the drums and electric guitar kick in.Jabra has an app called Jabra Sound+ that comes with an adjustable equaliser allowing you to toy with the bass, mids and treble to your liking. You can use the app to manage some of the issues I just mentioned, but don’t expect sound quality to change dramatically. Another problem with adjusting the equaliser is that it may help with a particular genre but not for all, which means you’ll find yourself tweaking the setting whenever you listen to different genres of music.BatteryJabra claims 8 hours of battery life on a single charge and the Elite 45e delivers on that promise as advertised, but only when noise cancellation is not in play. Noise cancellation does use some amount of juice while at work and with the 45e it reduced the battery life to around 6 hours. As far as Bluetooth earphones go, these earphones are just about good to take you through 3-4 days on average usage before you reach for the charger. There’s a little flap on the in-line volume control unit that covers the micro-USB port. That port is used to charge the earphones and it takes about an hour and a half to two hours to power up from zero to 100 per cent. You’ll get about an hour of usage on 15 minutes of charge, which comes in handy when you’re on-the-go.Should you buy the Jabra Elite 45eThe Jabra Elite 45e isn’t an expensive pair of headphones nor does it fall in the really affordable segment as well. There are options like the OnePlus Bullets Wireless and the 1More iBFree Sport that offer really good sound quality and design for a lot less. In fact, these products are slowly changing our expectations of affordable Bluetooth earphones. We no longer need to pay a large amount to get a pair of good-sounding wireless earphones.As advertised Elite 45e delivers on clear call quality and is designed to withstand abuses and wear and tear. But beyond that, the earphones fail to impress for its price. This is not a product for audiophiles that require earphones for music rather than calls. The design also feels cheap and dated compared to what the competition is offering and at a lower price. This is a pair that is functional enough for office-going folks who need a pair of Bluetooth earphones to take a lot of calls, but it largely avoidable for everyone else.advertisementJabra Elite 45e review7/10Good stuffGood battery lifeCalls sound clearMagnetic earphonesBad stuffBass is too lowSoundstage could be betterDesign looks cheap
New Touch Football Australia CEO Colm Maguire created NTL history when he became the first CEO to referee at National Touch League level when he donned the white uniform and long socks and took to the BCU Sports Stadium in the opening round of the 2007 National Touch League Senior tournament.Mr. Maguire, a level three referee, took up the refereeing challenge after a conversation with the Federation of International Touch Director of Referees and Touch Football Australia National Referee Panel member Ian Matthews about the issues facing referees at representative level.Flanked by level 6 referee Sharon Foster and level 5 referee John Turnbull, the former Australian Men’s 30 Years World Cup representative acquitted himself well according to Ian Matthews.“Colm’s playing background has certainly stood him in good stead and he understands what players are looking for from the referee. He is going really well and it’s a good to see him put himself out there to gain a measure of what it is to referee at this level.” Mr. Matthews said.Mr. Maguire enjoyed his time in the middle and at half time took the opportunity to reflect on the experience.“It was a lot of fun out there I enjoyed it. I really wanted to show the referee fraternity that they have TFA’s support and that if we can help out in any way we will. There were only a few good-natured sledges out there, so hopefully I did a competent job. It was all in good fun and I’d do it again if required, I’m happy to assist in any capacity and in any way possible. The referee arm is one of the most organized and hardworking and close-knit in our sport and it was great to work on the ground and make a tangible contribution. ” Mr. Maguire said.Former CEO of the Australian Touch Association Bill Kerr, is a Level 5 Referee who officiated in numerous tournaments during his time in the top job including the National Club/Teams Championships, so the tradition of CEO’s lending a hand to the refereeing arm continues with Mr. Maguire’s appearance in white on the infield this morning.The referees will work their way through 197 games over the next four days, with Dave Baggio, Damien Carlson, Jillian Donoghue, Luke McKenzie, Phil Morabito, and Karen Woods being elevated to super fitness status after backing up from a punishing Open and 20 Years schedule earlier in the week to clock up eight days of high-level refereeing over the 2007 National Touch League.
Parliament HillThe Canadian PressThree national Indigenous organizations will receive a combined $1.7 billion to spend on child care over the coming decade under an agreement announced on Monday.The 10-year funding comes from a pot of $7 billion the federal Liberals had set aside for early learning and child care initiatives, with the remainder being given to provinces and territories.Funding will slowly rise from about $500 million annually to $870 million by 2026 to fund daycare spaces in provinces and territories, as well as for Indigenous child care on and off reserve.The Liberals are promising that dollars for Indigenous child care will start flowing to communities this fiscal year, which ends in March 2019.The government’s 2017 budget promised an undisclosed amount of money for Indigenous child care, but only after finalizing a framework for how the money could be used.Work on the framework took most of the last year, and is based on cross-country consultations with Indigenous groups.A key focus for any child care on reserve funded with federal dollars is to ensure services are based on a strong cultural identity.First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities are also agreeing that child care services are accessible and inclusive for families regardless of where they live.The government says the child care framework is consistent with the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
The explosions occurred at three churches and three hotels. Over 130 people have been killed in multiple explosions in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa.Over 300 people sustained injuries.
Global food production is at risk if the world’s water resources are not managed more effectively, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned as it observed World Food Day, which marks the founding of the UN agency in 1945. In a study of 93 developing countries, FAO found that they were withdrawing freshwater supplies faster than they can be renewed. Ten countries are already in a critical state. “Careful water management will be crucial to grow the food we all need to lead productive and healthy lives,” FAO Director General Jacques Diouf said at a ceremony at the agency’s headquarters in Rome. “The combined vicious impact of poverty, rising demand for food and insufficient availability of water poses a serious challenge for world food security and universal access to clean water.” In his message to mark the Day, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said “if we are to prevent two-thirds of the world’s population from facing serious water shortages in the decades ahead, we must learn to manage our water resources more effectively.” He emphasized the need for water management in agriculture, calling for more “crop per drop,” since 70 per cent of water is used by agriculture. The Secretary-General also laid out a course for the future, noting that the General Assembly proclaimed next year the International Year of Freshwater, and called on the international community to rededicate itself to using water “wisely and responsibly.” For his part General Assembly President Jan Kavan of the Czech Republic pointed out that with still nearly one billion people suffering from hunger and malnutrition, the fight against poverty was not just a moral and humanitarian one but also “an integral part of the fight against terrorism and extreme intolerance of all kinds.” Worldwide celebrations of the Day, which took place in 150 countries, included an FAO exhibition at UN Headquarters in New York opened by Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette. In her remarks, she pointed out that in some three decades, the world will need 60 per cent more food and that this was only possible through better management of the “world’s precious freshwater resources.” In Rome, the Day was also marked by a ceremony that featured a keynote address by President Hugo Chavez Frias of Venezuela as well as a message from Pope John Paul II. The ceremonies also involved the presentation of the World Food Day 2002 medal and the watering of an olive tree to symbolize the importance of this year’s theme, “Water: source of food security.”
Briefing the General Assembly, Yukia Amano, the head of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said that the UN agency remains ready to assist in verifying the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (as it is formally known), or DPRK’s nuclear programme “if a political agreement is reached among countries concerned.”“I again call upon the DPRK to comply fully with its obligations under relevant resolutions of the Security Council and of the IAEA Board of Governors, to cooperate promptly with the Agency and to resolve all outstanding issues,” he said.Mr. Amano was presenting the IAEA’s annual report to the General Assembly, which summarizes and highlights developments over the past year in major areas of the Agency’s work.Iran implementing its commitments under nuclear dealOne of the key areas include IAEA’s verification and monitoring of Iran’s nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly referred to as the Iran nuclear deal.“Iran is implementing its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA,” said Mr. Amano, underscoring that it is “essential” that Iran continues to fully implement those commitments.Turning to other major areas of work, the head of IAEA briefed the Assembly on technical cooperation initiatives, in healthcare, food and agriculture, as well as some industrial programmes.Through its upgraded laboratories, IAEA we will be able to deliver improved services to Member States “to make food safer, improve control of harmful insect pests, and maximize the benefits of new radiation technology for cancer treatment,” he said.Nuclear technology for sustainable developmentAlongside, it continues to help nations achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), using relevant nuclear technologies, added Mr. Amano.“In fact, the IAEA helps countries to use nuclear science and technology to meet at least nine of the 17 SDGs directly, including those aimed at ending hunger, improving human health, increasing the availability of clean water, and, of course, energy.”Concluding his briefing, Mr. Amano urged UN Member States to continue to support the Agency, including by providing it with the resources it needs to deliver upon the requests made by countries.
However, some weren’t so enamoured by his technique.One angered commentator penned a tirade, writing: “This is outrageous. The Filipino man is referred to by the white man (Pietro Boselli) as ‘that’ and ‘my weight’, he doesn’t have a name, neither do we see his face clearly, nor do we hear him speak, he is purely an object to be used by the white man, and must be approached ‘slowly because he can get scared and start running’? “Yes I do have fun and I have a great sense of humour. That’s what lets me recognise that this is demeaning and derogatory – not funny. People of colour are always told to take demeaning behaviour in their stride and to laugh it off as a joke. It’s not funny any more. Another said: “I’m sure you mean well but this video is in poor taste. Reinforces racial stereotypes by using the Filipino island guy as a prop. Sadly good looking people who try to be funny usually fall short. Agree to disagree.” And another said: “You did not just go to an island in the Philippines and pretend to catch a person of color in the wild to use as a tool for your workout so that you can exploit it for monetisation on your YouTube channel?”When approached for comment, Mr Boselli told The Telegraph: “I am so far removed from racism that I cannot possibly see anything racist about a funny video I have made with my friend Danel (the Filipino man in the video).”We all have differences but we are all the same as human beings. I have and always will respect everyone.”If anyone sees any racism in this video, they probably have racism in their head. I and Danel alike, still think this is a light hearted and funny video.” The muscular maths teacher who rose to fame for his good looks has come under fire for his latest work-out video.In it, Pietro Boselli, who has modeled for Abercrombie and Fitch, he lifts a local Filipino man while on holiday in the Phillipines.He posted the video on Facebook, where it managed to attract 28,000 likes.In it, he treats the local man like an object. “I’m left here alone with no way to exercise, so I need to work it out,” he says. “I need something I can actually lift repeatedly.” “I need to be careful in case he sees me, because he may get scared and start running,” he says. He then chases the man and lifts him as if he is a weight, referring to him throughout as “that” and “my weight”. “If his companion is ‘in”‘on the joke, and his companion is a friend of Pietro’s, why is he not introduced as an equal in the video? Why does he not speak? Why do we not see his face clearly? Why is he objectified instead of being a subject with agency? Why is he not referred to by name as ‘my friend [NAME]’? Why does Pietro not say ‘this is my friend [NAME]’ and ‘he’s going to help me work out’ OR ‘we’ll work out together’.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Frisch Auf GoppingenJosip PericKadetten Schaffhausen The German team Frisch Auf Goppingen signed two years contract with Bosnian playmaker Josip Peric. The 26-years old playmaker of Romanian Calarasi will get the new – DKB Bundesliga experience from the summer 2018.Peric played for Bosnia and Herzegovina at Men’s IHF World Championship 2015 in Qatar, the only competition in the history of national team.One of the most attractive players in term of playing style was playing also at Hungarian Tatabanya, Romanian Odorhei, some Qatari teams…Zarko Sesum to join Kadetten Schaffhausen ← Previous Story Brazilian athletes speak out: “the president has ceased to comply with his role as leader” Next Story → ONLY 16 GOALS FOR HOME TEAM: THW Kiel storm over Leipzig!
Since the Murkowski administration, every Alaska governor has offered his or her own version of oil tax reform. Now, Gov. Bill Walker is taking issue with aspects of the current tax regime, without committing to any immediate legislative changes.On Thursday, Walker took to the pages of the Alaska Dispatch News to raise concerns over how the existing oil production tax works at low prices. With the value of oil now in free fall, Walker explained the state is now collecting less money than it is paying out. The Department of Revenue expects to collect $524 million in revenue this fiscal year, after North Slope producers deduct $750 million available to them in liability credits. Those liability credits can be used to buy their tax burden down, but do not require the state to pay out money. The major producers — Exxon, BP, and ConocoPhillips — are the top beneficiaries of these credits.But on top of those deductions, the current tax law also grants smaller producers refundable credits meant to encourage more competition on the North Slope and stimulate production in Cook Inlet. These independent companies are eligible to receive $625 million in subsidies that can be cashed out if they end up exceeding their tax bill. Once both kinds of credits are applied, the state expects to lose $100 million on its oil production tax.Walker called this situation “irresponsible and unsustainable,” and said the revenue problem must be addressed “from all angles.” But that doesn’t mean legislators should prepare for an oil tax fight this session. In an interview with APRN, Walker said he does not plan to introduce a tax bill.“No, no, no. I think we have to maybe look across the board and give it some thought. Nothing maybe this year — I’m not looking at going in and making any significant changes,” said Walker. “But I just feel it’s part of my job that Alaskans know what I know, and this is unusual.”Walker also has no plans to make regulatory changes to the oil tax system that would affect the credits.While campaigning, Walker came out against the current tax regime. He was in favor of a ballot referendum to repeal Gov. Sean Parnell’s 2013 oil tax law, known as Senate Bill 21. When the referendum narrowly failed in August, Walker said that he respected the outcome and that he would give the law more time on the books if he became governor.Since Walker was elected on November 4, oil prices have fallen from $80 to $50 per barrel. Walker said that drop is responsible for the state going into the red with its production. His office has done an analysis of how Parnell’s Senate Bill 21 compares at current oil prices to the system that preceded it — ACES — and found the outcomes were not “significantly different.”“Whether it’s ACES or Senate Bill 21, we’d be in this situation either way, quite honestly,” said Walker. “So, it’s not being judgmental on one versus the other. But’s a new place for us. We’ve never been here before, that we’re paying out more than we’re receiving in production tax.”Historically, oil tax receipts have made up the bulk of the state’s revenue. Last year, the state generated nearly $5 billion in oil revenue, with more than half of that coming from production taxes.The state still expects to collect $2 billion this year from other forms of oil revenue, including royalties, corporate income taxes, and property taxes from production.
JLL logoLinkedInProperty consulting giant JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle) India saw a whopping 17 percent rise in its revenue to about Rs 4,000 crore in the financial year 2018. The company showed tremendous growth during the slowdown in the country and has said it plans to hire about 2,000 employees by the end of the year.The Indian subsidiary of JLL had filed revenue of about Rs 3,420 last year. The company boasts of over 11,000 employees spread across 10 cities.Ramesh Nair, the CEO and country head of JLL India, told PTI that the rising demand for commercial space was the reason behind the company’s success in the country. He added that JLL’s revenue growth shows that there has been a steady improvement in the commercial real estate sector. Representational ImageThe client-oriented company is expanding slowly by focusing on the business requirements. The company has about 800 openings to fulfil the requirements of the growing regional client base. The company claims to scale up its headcount to about 13,500 by 2020.The company is now focusing on its growth in the brokerage business in the residential segment. With the country’s slow revival in the residential real estate sector, the JLL subsidiary is planning to add to the workforce in the segment. The company has secondary plans of scaling its technology and data management business seeing India’s potential towards technological advancement.According to The Economic Times, Nair said that there has been a significant increase in the retail segment by the help of high disposable incomes of the youth. “Various reforms such as RERA, Amendment of Benami Transactions Act and subsequent implementation of GST have helped in infusing trust and credibility among the homebuyers towards the sector,” Nair added. Close Unemployed people will get Rs 1,000 per month JLL Incorporated (Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated) is the second-largest real estate service firm in the world. It is a Fortune 500 company listed at 189. It has annual revenue of about $16.3 billion from over 80 countries and has a workforce of about 91,000 employees. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:20Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:19?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …
A screen-grab of the press statementThe Editors’ Council on Monday expressed deep concern over the attack on noted writer and Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) professor Muhammed Zafar Iqbal.In a statement issued on Monday, the council said that such an attack is an attempt to rob the country of talent. It went on to say that Muhammed Zafar Iqbal has been working to uphold the spirit of country’s liberation war and is a regular columnist for newspapers.“His columns in the newspapers are very popular…This attack against Zafar Iqbal is in fact an attack against every concerned citizen of the country,” reads the statement. Signed by its general secretary and The Daily Star editor Mahfuz Anam, the statement urged government and the law enforcers to take necessary measures against such attempts.It also hoped that security of every citizen of the country would be ensured. On Saturday, a young man attacked Zafar Iqbal, a teacher of computer science and engineering department of the university, around 5:40pm. He had been seated in the dais of a programme, ‘Robo-5,’ of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) department at Mukta Mancha.
Another display by LG is wowing attendees at CES 2019. After it showed off its rollable, futuristic OLED TV, LG has another feast for the eyes with its “LG OLED Falls” display, which features 260 LG OLED digital signage screens, in curved and flat configurations.The exhibit, which welcomes visitors to LG’s CES 2019 booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center, features 76 concave, 72 convex and 112 flat 55-inch LG OLED screens to give an illusion of “infinity.” It measures 20 feet high and 65 feet wide, displaying images of curves of the desert, waterfalls, ocean and light.LG is further enhancing the experience with immersive audio, which is included in 2019 LG OLED TVs.OLED uses self-lighting pixels that can be turned on and off individually for exact control of image brightness and quality, delivering infinite contrast ration optimized for high-dynamic range content.With no separate light source, the displays are also extremely lightweight and thin, making them flexible enough to be rolled, as shown in the LG Signature OLED TV R (model 65R9).More on Geek.com:Drones, Doctors, and Disney Praised Verizon 5G at CES 2019Sex Toy Stripped of CES 2019 Award Because VaginasThis $800 Robot Suitcase Will Follow You Around Airports 2019 Tech Trends Worth Getting Hyped AboutYou Can Finally Buy A Terabyte SD Card Thanks to Lexar Stay on target
Delta employees get US$1 billion in profit sharing Tags: Delta Air Lines Thursday, January 12, 2017 ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines’ financial results for the December quarter and full year 2016 included $923 million adjusted pre-tax income for the December 2016 quarter, a $524 million decrease from the December 2015 quarter, primarily driven by the new pilot agreement, said Delta.For the full year, adjusted pre-tax income increased 4% year-over-year to $6.1 billion. Delta employees were told they would share over $1 billion in profit.“Delta had a year of record-breaking performance in 2016 – financially, operationally and for our customers – and it’s an honor to recognize our employees’ efforts this year with over $1 billion in profit sharing,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian.“As we move into 2017, we are seeing our unit revenues turn positive which should return the company to margin expansion by the back half of the year. This will allow us to produce the solid returns and cash flows that investors rely upon from Delta,” he added. Share Posted by Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>
Yin is benefiting from the efforts of a U.S.-based surgeon and his counterpart in Caracas who have helped save dozens of Venezuelan children with failing livers. The doctors now hope to replicate their success in such a challenging environment as Venezuela and assist hundreds of boys and girls from other parts of Latin America and the Caribbean where pediatric transplants are unavailable.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home In this May 8, 2015 photo, six-year-old Yin Carlos is held in his father’s, Jean Carlos Fernandez arms before they depart to Caracas’ Policlinica Metropolitana for a liver transplant in Caracas, Venezuela. Jean Carlos will donate part of his liver to save his son’s life. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) 0 Comments Share New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Clutching a tiny Bible, Gilda Velasquez leans over her son as he falls asleep with the help of a powerful sedative and a catchy cartoon jingle playing on a hand-held TV.“Remember, you’re a Christian, you’re a Christian,” she repeats amid her tears to Yin Carlos as orderlies wheel the 6-year-old into the operating room where he will get a new liver.For any family touched by liver disease, an organ transplant can be a second chance at life. But the procedure is practically a miracle in Venezuela, where an economic crisis makes even needles and acetaminophen scarce. Check your body, save your life Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober
HE Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority recently spoke to Travel News Digest.The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) recently held an event under the theme ‘All Things New in Sharjah’. Can you throw light on some of the new developments and activities in the tourism sector?Sharjah is witnessing a number of new hospitality and tourism developments that will add to its charm as a popular tourist destination in the region. One of the major upcoming tourism projects is Al Noor Island in Sharjah’s Khalid Lagoon. The AED 80 million ($22 million) project, an iconic destination in the emirate, consists of a uniquely designed streamlined structure inspired by the natural environment of butterflies. A key attraction, the Butterfly House, is a nature-inspired structure hosting as many as 500 exotic butterflies brought from Far East Asian countries.The emirate’s latest destination for a family day out is the Al Montazah Park, a 126,000 square metre water themed park featuring eight pulsating rides. The park is also distinct for its massive green spaces and designated facilities for children. For adults and children seeking an extra bit of adventure, the park offers Al Montazah Adventures which consists of a number of gladiator-inspired obstacle courses divided into different difficulty levels.New hospitality developments include Sheraton Sharjah Beach Resort & Spa, Sharjah’s latest and most extensive beach resort nestled amid uninterrupted palm-fringed beaches in the emirate. Another major hospitality development is Novotel Sharjah Expo, a new business hotel that will cater to the requirements of the emirate’s various sectors and activities at Sharjah’s prime MICE location, the Expo Centre Sharjah. Apart from these projects, the Majlis Grand Mercure Sharjah – Resort & Spa operated by Accor is coming up at the Sharjah Corniche as the first Art & Culture themed 5-Star-Deluxe Resort in the luxury segment.Sharjah has taken proactive steps to transform its eco-tourism landscape with the launch of a number of projects in this area. Prominent among these is the Kalba Eco-tourism Project which is aimed at preserving the diverse habitats and rich wildlife on the east coast of Sharjah. The location allows visitors to enjoy a peaceful time in natural settings featuring lagoons, mangroves and mountains.Another landmark eco-tourism project is Sir Bu Nuair Island, located 65 km off the UAE coastline in the Arabian Gulf. The project will host a five-star hotel and resort, hotel apartments and villas as well as a number retail and leisure offerings amid stunning natural scenery and beautiful beaches.Sharjah is also transforming a 25,000 hectare area in the Maleiha region of the emirate into a major eco-tourism destination that will reflect the regional culture, history and eco-system. The project will feature leisure facilities and accommodation such as hotels, resorts, restaurants, and cafes, and Visitors Centre in addition to offering specialist tours of Maleiha’s protected areas.Sharjah is hosting for the first time the UIM-ABP Aquabike Class Pro Circuit World Championship – Grand Prix of Sharjah on December 19-20, 2015, extending the excitement of UIM F1H2O World Championship 2015 – Grand Prix of Sharjah organised for the 16th year in the emirate. Aquakbike racing is the only UIM sanctioned and leading World Championship, and is one of the most popular products of H2O Racing. It is a unique global event merging extreme sports with glamour and is a showcase for a youthful and dynamic lifestyle that will enrich the list of action-packed events in Sharjah’s tourism calendar.How do you envision ‘Sharjah Tourism Vision 2021’? What are the chief objectives?Sharjah’s tourism sector has received a new strategic direction with Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority launching the Sharjah Tourism Vision 2021, aiming to attract 10 million visitors to the emirate in the next five years. The Vision is built on four key pillars. As part of the first pillar, Sharjah will be promoted as an Ideal Family Tourism Destination by offering distinct packages and offers specially designed for families. The second pillar will involve an Innovative Tourism Approach to improve the tourist experience through the provision of innovative solutions. World Class Tourism Facilities and Capabilities constitute the third pillar to enhance efficiencies in tourism sector through partnership and collaborative action. International Cultural Hub is the fourth pillar which will help achieve the Vision through effective promotion of cultural and heritage elements among families.Sharjah has also undertaken the task of human skill development in the hotel sector under the ‘Marhabtein’ training programme. How far has it been successful?The ‘Marhabtein’ training programme is one of the most successful initiatives launched under the Sharjah Tourism Vision 2021. The comprehensive training programme has contributed to enhancing efficiencies through collaborative action and promoting Sharjah as a destination with world class tourism facilities and capabilities. In the first phase of the initiative, SCTDA partnered with Sharjah Roads and Transport Authority (SRTA) to start a training programme for taxi drivers in Sharjah to improve their service delivery and equip them with capabilities to provide a better experience for visitors to the emirate.In the second phase of the initiative, SCTDA launched ‘YOU@SHARJAH’ Front Line Training Programme to develop human resource capabilities in the hotel sector. The new programme targeted at front office staff, including receptionists and customer service representatives, who deal directly with tourists and guests.Another training programme was organised for senior executives in the Sharjah hotel and tourism sector to provide them with updated knowledge, skills and tools on the power of data to strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of hotel and tourism business operations in Sharjah.Can you specifically underline the initiatives taken to attract Indian tourists to the city?The emirate of Sharjah remains a favourite destination for tourists from India, especially since the UAE has close ties with India and hosts a large number of residents from the Indian community. Sharjah attracted more than 135,000 tourists from India in 2014, recording a 23% increase compared to 2013.Sharjah has positioned itself as a world class tourist destination for the entire family. The emirate offers a variety of attractions for everyone in the family, from dazzling shows and carnivals to enchanting parks and stunning desert landscapes as well as scenic man-made lagoons and an array of cultural and edutainment locations. For the adventurous, the emirate offers water sports, snorkelling and diving activities on its east coast, where families have the option to either camp on the beach or stay in any of the motels and hotels that line the coast. Are there further plans of launching new flights for easing air connectivity?Sharjah’s Air Arabia connects the emirate with 13 Indian cities through 112 flights a week. Considering that tourists from India form a major chunk of visitors to the emirate, efforts will continue to provide easier air connectivity to visitors from the country.What facilities are being provided to Indians for visit/tourist visa procurement?Sharjah is offering tourist visa for 30 days and 90 days with easy documentation and at affordable prices, which can be easily availed through Sharjah Airport Travel Agency (SATA).
in Origination, Secondary Market U.S. Senator and Senate Banking Committee member “”Bob Corker””:http://www.corker.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/ (R-Tennessee) warned federal regulators Tuesday to stick to simplified, synchronized lending rules in order to avoid driving out private capital.[IMAGE]In a “”letter””:http://www.corker.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/48f43c94-a43c-47f4-8345-700223dab310/1-22-13_QRM%20letter%20to%20regulators.pdf addressed to officials for the “”Treasury””:http://www.treasury.gov/Pages/default.aspx, “”HUD””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD, the “”FDIC””:http://www.fdic.gov/, the “”Federal Reserve””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/, the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””:http://www.fhfa.gov/ (FHFA), and the “”Securities and Exchange Commission””:http://www.sec.gov/ (SEC), Corker said future lending standards must work in sync with the recently issued qualified mortgage (QM) guidelines.Corker specifically pointed to the qualified residential mortgage (QRM) rule, which is being drafted by the six [COLUMN_BREAK]agencies. While the rule would tighten up underwriting and risk retention on loans packaged in securities, its current iteration includes an exemption on risk retained for loans sold to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA)–an exemption Corker believes may drive lenders away from the private market.””As such, a perverse outcome of a QRM rule that is different than the QM rule would be that we might permanently enshrine the GSEs and other government agencies as the only large-scale source of mortgage credit in our country,”” Corker wrote in the letter. “”With the federal government now standing behind over 90 percent of home loans originated in the United States, a situation that is simply not sustainable, such an outcome would not at all be healthy for our financial system.””To avoid that outcome, Corker encouraged the agencies to draft a QRM rule that syncs up with the QM rule’s “”safe loan”” guidelines, reasoning that a loan that is safe for borrowers is also a loan safe for securitization.In a release accompanying the public letter, the senator said, “”Forcing lenders to comply with two separate sets of rules isn’t good policy, and in this case, it would set back the timetable on doing what we absolutely must do–begin to move away from a complete dependence on the government for mortgage credit in our country.”” January 22, 2013 437 Views Senator Pens Letter Urging Simplification of Mortgage Rules Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fannie Mae FDIC Federal Reserve FHA FHFA Freddie Mac HUD Investors Lenders & Servicers OCC Processing QRM Service Providers 2013-01-22 Tory Barringer Share
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